My first experience at Camp was as a Kids-Week camper in 1996. Camp was always the highlight of my summer and so I kept coming back every year that I could. In 2004, I participated in the Leaders in Training (LIT) Program and over the next 10 years I returned to camp as part of the Bridge Team, Summer Team and eventually, the LIT Director.
As I reflect on the impact Camp Crossroads had on my life two thoughts stand out to me. The first is that camp was a safe environment where I felt like I had the freedom to express myself creatively. There is no end of opportunity for creative expression at Camp and this allowed me to develop confidence in expressing that part of how God made me. I’m grateful for what that did in me and how that still influences who I am today. The second thought that stood out to me was the power of influence leaders can have in people’s lives.
As a camper, I was shaped by the leaders I looked up to at camp and as I transitioned to being a leader myself, I felt that weight of influence on so many campers lives. Camp is a place where servant leadership is ingrained into the culture. The leadership that was modeled to me was one of service to others.